Maternity

Welcome to our maternity services.
This is a very exciting time for you and your family and we hope to support and guide you through the coming months. Almost 5,500 babies are born annually at our hospitals. We support women and their families through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

The ULHT Maternity department were rated good by the CQC in October 2021.

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Maternity visiting update June 22

During busy periods on our maternity and neonatal wards, we still need to ensure social distancing. Therefore, there may be occasions where we ask you to be flexible with timings so we can ensure guidelines remain achievable and adhered to resulting in optimal safety for you, your families and our staff.

Whilst we hope you join us in celebrating these positive steps, we understand you may have some questions. We have collated some possible questions and the answers below to help you further.

If you still have any questions, a member of staff will be able provide more information.

FAQs

What happens if I cannot wear a face covering to my antenatal appointment?

We ask that all staff, patients and support partners wear a face covering. We will offer a fresh, approved mask on entry to the clinic. If you cannot wear a face mask, we ask a suitable alternative is worn, for example a visor. If you are unable to wear any type of face covering, please call the clinic in advance of your appointment and speak to one of our midwives who can discuss options with you to ensure optimum safety for both you, other patients and staff.

What happens if my support partner cannot wear a face covering?

We ask that all staff, patients and support partners wear a face covering. We will offer a fresh, approved mask on entry to the clinic or maternity ward. If your support partner cannot wear a face mask, we ask a suitable alternative is worn, for example a visor. If your support partner cannot wear any type of face covering, unfortunately we cannot allow them into the clinic for the safety of our staff and other patients. There may be exceptions to this, and we ask for prior notification if face coverings will be a challenge for your support partner.

Can my supporting partner attend if they test positive?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow your support partner to attend if they have tested positive for Coronavirus, or are displaying symptoms. They will need to fulfil the self-isolation requirements to keep themselves and others safe.

How does my support partner make a ward booking?

Your support partner can make a booking by calling the relevant ward. They will be asked some wellbeing questions and given guidance for their visit.

How long will these restrictions be in place?

Currently, we are not sure. Our national guidance is continually updated and we make changes to reflect new information. As soon as we are notified of any other changes, we will send communications.

We thank you for your continued support. The hospital continues to work through national guidance on visiting, whilst taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of staff as required by legislation.

Our Maternity Teams are working hard as always to ensure you and your baby are kept safe and you have a positive experience of birth during the Covid-19 outbreak.

We have:

  • Redesigned our services in line with Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG).
  • Implemented ‘Attend Anywhere’ virtual antenatal and postnatal consultations which helps personalise your care, when it is needed to be provided over the phone.
  • Implemented routine swabbing for Covid 19 for; admissions to Labour Ward, Induction of Labour and for Elective Caesarean Sections.
  • Encouraged early discharge home.
  • Following national guidance of use of personal protective equipment (PPE).